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The Outdoor Pharmacy, part 3 – Mullein

October 19, 2011


white mullein

As a youth and young adult, I became interested in environmental and nature-related things. Somewhere along the way, I began to read bits and pieces about “herbal remedies” and such things. I was a product of the 20th century, though, so I shook my head, smiled, and clucked my tongue at such crude treatments. I have a much different viewpoint now.

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Vinegar: The Solution for Almost Every Problem

October 11, 2011


prepping for teotwawki with vinegar

If you have a television and ever turn it on, you are inundated with ads for new & improved household cleaners and “wonderdrugs.”  This one will really deep clean and that one will prevent a pesky build-up, and it hardly matters whether we’re talking about ovens or arteries. I eye all those commercials with skepticism […]

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Where the Wild Things Are, part 3 (Maypops)

October 5, 2011


Maypops as a survival food

Never heard of a maypop?  How about a passionflower? Well, in many areas of the US, there is a wild fruit in season and ready to harvest.  You may have seen it and never realized it was an edible plant. What is it like? Passiflora incarnata is a very common “weed” and a North American […]

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Laura’s Prepping Diary: 9/30/11

September 30, 2011


I mentioned last weekend that one of the children had gotten pinkeye.  I dutifully took him to the pediatrician.  Without culturing it, he thought it was probably bacterial since there were no other cold symptoms and he prescribed antibiotic drops. The next day the cold symptoms showed up and have stuck around as the child […]

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Tea for Good Health

September 28, 2011


tea as a survival drink

Now that fall has arrived, steaming mugs of tea are ever more attractive to me.  I enjoy tea in different forms throughout the year, but hot teas on chilly days hold a special appeal. The Definition of Tea Most people use the term “tea” generically to mean a drink produced by pouring hot water over […]

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